Skywalking: Gearing Up for the ‘Star Wars’ Marathon
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment in the mega-hit “Star Wars” franchise, officially debuts this Friday. But for a lucky number of fans who were quick enough to snag tickets, they will be watching the previous six films leading into a 7 p.m. showing Thursday night of “The Force Awakens.”
The Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville is the only theater in central Indiana to offer the “Star Wars Marathon” event and is planning on making it an event to remember. The day, which begins at 3 a.m. when the doors open, will include all seven “Star Wars” films, culminating with a special 3-D screening of “The Force Awakens.” Fans will also be treated to a catered breakfast and lunch as they make their journey through 18-plus hours of stories from that galaxy far, far away.
But before you grab your Jedi robes and custom lightsaber or your Stormtrooper armor, there are a few things to know. The Hamilton 16 IMAX will not be allowing any backpacks / bags, masks, facepaint, helmets, hoods or weapons due to security reasons. Their official costume and general theater policies can be found HERE.
As stated above, the theater will be providing breakfast and lunch for marathon patrons and they are allowing people to bring in their own food as long as it meets certain criteria. Hamilton 16 IMAX says that patrons can bring in food so long as it isn’t something the theater offers and something small — so no trying to smuggle in pizzas or six-foot subs from Subway. If you bring something, keep it small and nothing too aromatic as to not disturb other moviegoers.
So now that we have all the “official business” taken care of, let’s talk about some “Star Wars.” While it hasn’t been the 16 years between films as it was with “Return of the Jedi” and “The Phantom Menace,” it’s still been a decade since a “Star Wars” film has graced the big screen. Once the screen went dark on “Revenge of the Sith,” most fans believed that would be our last hyperspace jump into our beloved “Star Wars” galaxy — until Disney’s acquisition of the franchise.
George Lucas, the genius behind the “Star Wars” films, sold his franchise to Disney for a paltry $4 billion in 2012 and it was instantly announced that a new trilogy would start production, whipping fans into a frenzy. When the three-year window to get it to the big screen was announced it seemed like forever.
Now the moment has arrived.
Not only are we going to see a new generation usher “Star Wars” into the future, but also we get to spend some time with some old friends from our childhood. Joining Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac in the new film are the legacy actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s been 32 years since the trio graced the silver screen together.
For fans of my generation, it’s a treat that we get to see these actors playing their iconic roles once again. Luke, Han and Leia were as real to me as any kid on my block back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Actually I probably knew them better than I knew most of my friends. Time spent in the dirt and making cardboard forts left us as intimate friends. Now on Thursday, we’re reunited.
So as fans, myself included, count down the minutes until the lights go dim, the Lucasfilm logo fades in and “Star Wars” hits the screen as John Williams’ well-known theme rocks our souls, one thing is for sure — “Star Wars” is back and bigger than ever.
Star Wars Marathon Schedule
4:00 AM — “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”
6:35 AM — “Episode II: Attack of the Clones”
9:15 AM — “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”
11:50 AM — “Episode IV: A New Hope”
2:10 PM — “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”
4:30 PM — “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”
7:00 PM — “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” (in Dolby Atmos)